Creative Dundee

Vanilla Ink 2016 Applications

Vanilla Ink, Scotland’s unique jewellery studio has opened up for round 3 of its incubator programme which is committed to developing new talent by providing a supportive incubator ‘pod’ for 6 months. Following on from their diverse and successful first year in Glasgow, Vanilla Ink is now open for applications for the 2016 programme.

Founded in Dundee in 2009, Vanilla Ink has been a great starting block for many of Scotland’s talented jewellery graduates – with many Dundee jewellers starting off in Vanilla Ink including; Scarlett Erskine, Joanne MacFadyen and Filipa Oliveira.

As well as practical jewellery making skills, the programme will be offering tailored professional development workshops, bespoke mentoring, access to a fully equipped jewellery studio and Meet the Maker events, to jewellers who are looking to set up on their own.

“We think there is a difference between making and running a successful business; that the difference between having a dream and making it real is understanding the market and your place in it; there is a need for a supportive transition from education to independent success as a maker.” says Kate, founder of Vanilla Ink.

The programme for emerging jewellers at the start of their careers runs for 6 months from April – September 2016. Successful applicants will be expected to commit to the programme. Vanilla Ink has spent some time developing the structure of the programme and has worked hard to bring in a host of brilliant partners to deliver the professional development workshops, skills development workshops (that will be tailored to your needs), monthly bespoke mentoring and regular events.


The programme now operates on two levels;

The full programme (limited to 5 places only) –

The Professional Development programme – 

Eligibility – to be eligible for the programme the following are the minimum requirements;

Full programme info and application pack is available at


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